Lug width: 20mm
Movement: Ronda 715 Li (Quartz)
Crystal: Double-dome box sapphire
Water resistance: 100 metres
Cost: £195 + delivery
Timefactors admiralty grey nato:
The strap the watch comes fitted on
The new double-dome box sapphire crystal:
When I found out Timefactors were bringing out a new PRS-10, I decided I had to have one, since flipping my 36mm Smiths PRS-29 sometime ago I have been yearning for a small military field watch. The proportions of the PRS-29 were spot on but I babied the watch far too much, scared I would scratch and damage the acrylic crystal. The watch also lost 15+ seconds a day, within the tolerances of a ETA2801, but rather disappointing non-the less. Plus I’d often forget to wind it.
I’d previously considered a CWC G-10, but their prices have shot up ‘astronomically’ recently, and like with the (older) PRS-29 you’re stuck with fixed lug bars, which means you’re limited to Nato straps, one piece leather straps (if they can fit behind the fixed bars), or two piece clip-on leather straps.
The PRS-10 also has several advantages over the CWC, a 10 year batter life thanks to the Ronda 715 Li quartz movement, 20mm spring bars with drilled lug holes, a now new double-dome box sapphire crystal, and it’s significantly cheaper than what CWC offers for anywhere near the same spec.
The first thing I noticed about the PRS-10 was how weighty it felt in the hand, being a small watch I was expecting it to feel rather light, but this thing certainly feels solid. I was also expecting the 20mm lug width to be a bit too much for the 37.1mm diameter, but actually they suit it rather well and means I have endless strap options. The Super Luminova X1 C3 is certainly effective, it obviously isn’t Seiko diver bright but it definitely lasts the night. The bead blasting is smooth and consistent, and the watch had been set to the ‘exact’ time of my multi band 6 G-shock on delivery, a very nice touch (I’m a train driver so precision time keeping is well respected). You also get a nice Precista ‘P’ on the screw down crown.
I do wish the date window was black to match the rest of the dial, apparently with a previously released PRS-10 you could actually choose between a white and black background date wheel. The double dome box sapphire is very nicely done, but what could have taken it to the next level and really made it ‘pop’ would be for some nice blue AR coating under the crystal to catch the light. The second hand doesn’t hit the markers dead-on, but I’ve come to expect that with pretty much all quartz watches (except maybe extreme high-end ones). Finally the spring bar clearance is very tight to the body of the watch, to the point where it’s a bit of a challenge to get nylon Natos through, and might even fray them in the future, therefore one piece leather straps are out of the question. However to change this you’d probably have to extend the lugs, therefore changing the whole design of the watch.
In conclusion this is a very well done field watch, I must say I'm impressed. It respects the design and style of the old original, but has been improved upon massively, which you wouldn’t otherwise know from first glance. I don’t have to worry about changing the battery for a decade, it has 100 metres of water resistance, the double-dome box sapphire crystal will resist most knocks and scratches while adding a touch of class. It’s 20mm lugs allows for plenty of strap options (pics below), with drilled holes for quick and easy changes. Most of all it feels like it’s built to last and it’s also remained bang on time with my multi band 6 G-shock for the few days I’ve owned it.
Pheonix bond nato:
Timefactors green nato:
Timefactors coyote nato:
Timefactors braided nato:
Probably the most comfortable nato i've ever had, thanks to the unlimited adjustability
Timefactors black nato:
Darlena mottled black/brown strap (worn):
My current favourite, i think it gives the watch a very 'Band of Brothers' look
Darlena mottled black/brown strap (new):
On my 6.75" wrist